Softball pitcher McKenna Smith signed a letter of intent Monday to play at Saint Anselm College next year. Smith, who has helped lead Old Town to back-to-back Class B state titles, will enter the Division II school as a pitcher. She spent much of the summer playing in the Sluggers' softball program, competing with others in New England and improving her game.
"To be able to travel to Mass. and New Hampshire and to play other players who have committed to play Division I and Division II was really cool to see how I compared and to see how I competed with them," Smith said. "So it was really great."
Smith played her sophomore season primarily as an outfielder, but developed into an elite pitcher last season. She was the PVC softball player and pitcher of the year, striking out 19 batters in state championship game. Ironically, Smith did not even begin playing softball until around sixth grade, so as she noted Monday, receiving the chance to play in college is one she does not take for granted.
"To be able to go from playing at a really not as young age but to be now older and to be able to play at that level means a lot and to just carry out something that I enjoy doing and to be connected with is really great."